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City students triumph at the Guardian Student Media Awards

Eight students from City University London have picked up prizes at the prestigious Guardian Student Media awards.
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City University London students have been named winners of two categories at the prestigious 36th annual Guardian Student Media Awards.

City student Ralph Jones was crowned Student Feature Writer of the Year, and three City students were part of the team that won the coveted Student Website of the Year award.

Widely regarded as the 'Oscars' of student journalism by the industry, the awards recognise the very best student writers, photographers and broadcast journalists from across the country.

From over 700 hopefuls, only five finalists from each category were selected to attend the ceremony at The Guardian headquarters in London where the winners were announced.

On the judging panel this year were senior media figures from leading national publications such as The Guardian, BuzzFeed, BBC News, Stylist, The Independent and the Financial Times.

The winners and runners-up from City University are:

Student Website of the Year

Impactnottingham.com

Emily Shackleton

Robert Smith

Jessica Roseblade

Student Feature Writer of the Year

Ralph Jones

Student Broadcast Journalist of the Year (runner-up)

Anastasia Pastor Kubrak

Samuel Holder

Tashi Skervin

Student Digital Journalist of the Year (runner-up)

Siraj Datoo

Winners are rewarded with two weeks work experience at The Guardian with one week given to runners-up.

In addition to those listed above, a number of current City students and recent graduates were shortlisted, including Tom Ough, George Sandeman and Anna Pantelia.

Jessica Roseblade, currently studying for an MA in Magazine Journalism was one of the nullthree City students who worked on impactnottingham.co.uk in 2013/14 and picked up the award for Student Website of the Year.

Jessica commented, "We had been shortlisted previously and it was really great to be considered again, but as we hadn't won anything before I tried not to get my hopes up too much. That changed when we arrived at The Guardian offices, I'm competitive by nature, and when surrounded by lots of other success hungry journos, I knew I'd be disappointed if we left with nothing!"

Tom Felle, Acting Director, Interactive and Newspaper Journalism was delighted to see so many City students picking up awards at this year's event.

"City University has long been associated with excellence in journalism, producing world class graduates who work at the top of their respective fields globally. City has a long and proud history of achievement, many graduates are editors of national newspapers, report on wars and conflicts, and bring the news to millions on radio and television nightly."

"It is a testament to the university that so many of this year's winners are current students, or recent graduates, of our journalism programmes."

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